Cecil The Lion: Lions Extinction

By: Hana, Nya, Emily

How does trophy hunting affect the population of lions?

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Map Explanation:

This map shows the where in Africa lions use to be and where they are now. Based on this map, the historical range has a larger amount of lion population in Africa than the current range of lion population. The historical range takes up most of Africa and a small part of Asia. Today in Africa there are way less lions existing and has declined since the historical times. Lion extinction has been a problem since 1885 because of all the trophy hunting in Africa, thousands of lions are dying. Trophy hunting isn’t not just killing any lion, they hunt for the healthiest and the most dominate lion of the safari. If trophy hunting continues, Africa will no longer have any lions.

Article Explanation:

Reading the article, “Zimbabweans can't understand why everyone is so upset over 'Cecil the lion' when there are so many bigger problems in the country,” some people are saying that the focus on the death of Cecil is too much and should be focus on more important things in their country. On the other hand, other people notice how important Cecil was and lions are to their country. For the people that think Zimbabwe should focus on better issues in their country, they are talking about the “water shortage, no electricity, and no jobs.” But also, lions are important for the country in order to attract tourist. Therefore, if lions are gone, Zimbabwe will not bring any tourist into their country and will not consume extra money from the tourist. If you look at the second picture in the article, there is a sign that has the doctor who killed Cecil with the zoo keeper and Cecil, it has written on it “illegally murders lions for fun! Justice for Zimbabwe.” This picture displays the frustration that the Zimbabweans have towards Dr. Walt Palmer, who killed Cecil, since there was no good reason for Cecil to die. The killing of innocent lions have been occurring for hundreds of years, and for this incident to be shown as an issue the world has is good, but some people think it isn’t as important as their country's economy.

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Political Cartoon Explanation:

In this political cartoon, Cecil is being shown in a negative way by saying he should not be playing as the victim because he is the cause for an “innocent hunter’s” life to be “ruined”. Also, by having a group of people with notepads, pencils, and cameras shows that they are portraying as the news. Therefore, this topic, lions getting killed, has to be important since the news is interviewing the dead lion’s head. The lion’s head on the wall shows that the lion has been killed and is being displayed as a reminder of this death, like it is a trophy. Also, the lion’s face has an expression that it is shocked or afraid, which we can say that the expression that Cecil had when the doctor shot him stayed on his face. All in all, the cartoon is showing that the hunter that killed Cecil was innocent and that Cecil was ruining the hunter’s life after his death. Which makes no since when the lion was just minding his own business and the doctor had to go out of his way to kill the lion just for fun, and he knew how special Cecil was.

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Map Explanation:

This map shows that in certain part of Africa where lions are vulnerable and are threatened by hunters, which makes it unsafe for them. I feel as if this map is important because it gives us a visual explanation of not only how lions are now threatened in Zimbabwe but of all of Africa. The creator of this map shows us the estimated population of lions in certain areas of Arica and he or she also shades in the zones of inhabited lions are located. The author of this map also gives us more information when he shows us to the side of his map and states that there were about 75,800 lions in 1980 but now has dropped to 30,000 in 2015, etc. I believe that this map relates to our topic because it shows us that there is not only a problem going on with lions going extinct because people are hunting the in Zimbabwe but there is a problem which is effecting all of Africa. This map is very detailed and I believe it gives us more than enough information.


Article Explanation:

The article is short but tells us about how the Minnesota dentist paid over 50,000 to game hunt in Zimbabwe and he apparently killed the wrong lion. Cecil was killed with a crossbow and many believe the man responsible is known as Walter James Palmer. He killed a lion that was 13 years of age and he was located in Zimbabwe’s National Park. He was also apart of a very important study that Oxford University was was his performance. Many people around the world have become devastated and have shown great anger due to this. It was said that Cecil was lured out of the Park by Walet James Palmer and two other Zimbabwean guides and when shot with the arrow., he was tracked for over 40 hours before a gunshot completely killed him. Walter James Palmer states that he hired two professional guides who have hunting permits, and that he did not know that the lion was a communities most-loved or was part of a study until after the hunt and after Cecil had already been killed.
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Political Cartoon Explanation:

In this political cartoon we see that it is being related to the lion king. We knew Cecil the lion to be the king/leader before he was killed by the dentist and it is ironic how the person who made the carton replaced the dentist who is holding Cecil dead head with the alive Cecil. This is basically telling the other animals that Cecil is dead know and showing that the dentist has taken their ruler away from them which is a horrible thing. We see that since the dentist killed Cecil the other animals are not happy about and we see the author's label says “ Yuck! is that Minnesota dentist”. We can also see exaggeration on the animals below faces. They don’t look to happy about what the dentist has done.
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Map Explanation:

This map shows the hunting area borders in Zimbabwe. This map is important because it shows where people are allowed to legally hunt, where there is National Park or Game Reserve (can’t hunt there), and a campfire area (can’t hunt there either.) It relates to our topic because without this map of Zimbabwe, people could hunt on reserve or camping grounds and possibly kill a lion (amongst other animals) that is endangered. With this map, it strictly shows hunters where and where not to hunt.

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Article Explanation:

This article explains the death of Cecil the lion. In this article the author tells the story about how Walter Palmer (dentist) lured a 13 year old African lion out of a Zimbabwean park to then be shot with a bow and arrow. Walter killed, skinned, and chopped the head off of Cecil, leaving his body to rot outside the town of Hwange. Palmer had paid $55,000 to a safari company to help assist him kill this lion (currently the two people that helped him have been taken into custody, but the hunter has not yet been located.) The Washington Post then went into great detail about how is is horrible that this tragic incident is going to become wildly popular and attract everyone’s attention only after the animal is dead. Later they talk about how Cecil’s 6 cubs will not survive long before another male becomes the “leader” and won’t encourage the 3 females to mate (a male lion does not want another lion’s cubs in the pack if they are not there to protect them. In situations like this, the new lion that steps into the “leader” role will often kill all remaining cubs if they are not theirs because they only want their offspring.) The author then goes on to talk about how bows and arrows are a new trending thing for hunters because there is very little laws about them. Finally, the author finished up the article by stating that when Palmer killed Cecil it ruined the studies of an Oxford University Research project that required the lion wear a GPS collar that tracked his movements.

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Political Cartoon Explanation:

This political cartoon relates to The Wizard of Oz. The artist used labeling to tell the audience who is who (Tin Man, Dorothy, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Dentist.) The artist uses irony when he replaces the cowardly lion with the cowardly dentist, to make sure the audience knows he is not in favor of what the dentist has done. The artist is definitely shining a negative light on the dentist and the poor choice he has made. Mike (artist’s name) uses symbolism to show that the dentist is holding a gun(that has been recently shot; we can tell because there is smoke coming out of the top) to express the damage he has done and to show that he has actually killed a lion. Mike makes sure the audience knows that he